Matt Bandi

  • Analysis
    De La Rosa close to deal with Rockies

    The Pirates appear to be missing out on their top free agent target. According to Ken Rosenthal, starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa is close to signing with the Colorado Rockies.

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    Pirates interested in Jason Bartlett

    Per Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com:

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    Bucs show interest in Lance Berkman

    Per Berkman himself, in an article from the Houston Chronicle.

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    Pedro's contact issues

    It is clear that the most significant roadblock standing between Pedro Alvarez and elite level offense is his issue making contact. Let’s head to the Pitch f/x database to see if we can determine a particular pitch or location that is giving him problems.

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    Votto, Posey, Tabata in a class of their own

    Joey Votto, named the National League’s Most Valuable Player on Monday, received some admiration earlier this season for his lack of infield fly balls.

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    Diaz vs. Ciriaco: A battle for the ages

    Argenis Diaz and Pedro Ciriaco are two very similar players on the Pirates 40-man roster. Both are shortstops. Both have been praised for their defensive abilities. And neither are very good at hitting baseballs.

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    Losing Duke, LaRoche and Young

    In a somewhat surprising move, the Pirates designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster. It was not surprising that those players were let go, bit I figured the front office would hang on to them until the non-tender deadline...

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    Pace of Pirates pitchers

    "Work fast, throw strikes, change speeds" - Ray Miller This was the philosophy of former Pirates pitching coach Ray Miller. Does it cause pitchers to perform better? Well, we may be close to finding out. FanGraphs is now tracking each pitcher's average time between pitches.

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    Meek or Hanrahan could be dealt

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    Dejan Kovacevic discusses his ROY ballot

    As you probably know, Pirates beat writer Dejan Kovacevic has been taking some heat this week for his Rookie of the Year selections. Dejan left Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward off his ballot, voting for Buster Posey, Neil Walker and Jose Tabata instead.